Campus Ministry Happenings
February 24, 2021
CRS Rice Bowl Meals
Every Friday from February 19 through April 2, Chartwells is partnering up with the Seattle U chapter of Catholic Relief Services to create CRS Rice Bowl-inspired recipes. If you live on campus or use campus dining services, be sure to check out the offerings, which will feature delicious meals such as bean cakes from Burkina Faso and mixed vegetable tihari rice from Pakistan! Check it out, and please donate to the SU CRS fundraising page.
CRS Rice Bowl is CRS’s Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action. Through CRS Rice Bowl, participants are invited to hear stories from those living in need around the world and to devote their Lenten prayers, fasting, and alms to help improve the lives of those who suffer in poverty. Twenty-five percent of donations to CRS Rice Bowl stay in the local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts locally.
Service of Remembrance
Join the Seattle University community as we gather to grieve the tremendous losses we have experienced collectively over this last year during the coronavirus pandemic. As a campus community rooted in care and faith, we lift up the riches of our diverse religious, secular, and spiritual traditions and worldviews to help us express our lament and offer a horizon of comfort and hope. Join us for a time of pause, prayer, and sharing featuring voices from across campus on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. This gathering will be offered in Zoom webinar format, and the link will be shared in a university-wide email later this week. If you’re grieving a loss from this past year, we invite you to share photos and stories on our remembrance page.
Wednesday, February 24, 5 - 6 p.m.
Join Campus Ministry for a four-week Lenten Bible study where we wrestle with Jesus’ difficult teachings and how they speak to us today. Come join us in the struggle!
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Join EcoSangha for their Winter practice, themed around Zen Blossoms. This season, the group will explore the fruits and blossoms of such a grounding. How does Zen actualize in everyday life? Those who are new to Zen may show up at 5:40pm to learn more about the practice.
Tonight, Campus Ministry's very own Nate Ross will be sharing his wisdom with the community - hope you can make it!
Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join Delight for their weekly meeting! They will be discussing Week 1 (Acts 1) of the new book - a Study of the Book of Acts! No book? No worries, just come join for great community and conversations. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, February 25, 12:30 - 1 p.m.
Join us for weekly MSA meetings where we build on our community's social, spiritual, and religious needs. This will be a chance for us to check in and talk about our hopes for the year. Drop by any time, come hang out, chat, and chill!
Thursday, February 25, 6 - 6:45 p.m.
Join Campus Ministry for a group for those on and off campus who wish to build community and connections with other social justice advocates. We will be discussing current events, opportunities for social justice advocacy, and advocacy during a pandemic.
Friday, February 26 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Join the Muslim Student Association for their weekly virtual Jum'a Khutbah and Prayer. Seattle U's new MSA advisor Nazir "Naz" Harb Michel will deliver an informative and inspiring khutbah each week. Be sure to register by Thursday evening!
Sundays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Join Campus Ministry's Liturgy Team for an hour of scripture, song, and connecting with community on Zoom every Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Winter Quarter. This program is open to current students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. All are welcome!
Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Looking for a space to unwind and connect? Join Campus Ministry on Tuesdays for Lunch on the Couch. We'll spend some time together catching up, playing games, and having a good time! Drop in with your lunch (or without it) to catch up with our staff and friends.
Weekdays at 12:30 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m.
In person Mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius is resuming for Winter Quarter. This liturgy is open to students, staff, and faculty only. No guests are permitted. Pre-registration must be completed by at least 4 p.m. the previous day - select the day you plan to attend on ConnectSU.
Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. beginning January 19
Many students are experiencing grief and loss in ways that were unimaginable before this year. Campus Ministry is offering an on-going weekly support group for students who are looking to process their experiences of grief and loss, in community with others. The group will meet on Zoom with a Campus Minister and will offer topical resources and conversation for students interested in learning how to cope with and heal from loss. Students are invited to register for these sessions as needed and will meet with a Campus Minister prior to joining their first gathering. RSVP required on ConnectSU.
- Check out the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Steadfast: A Call to Love Lenten series, and subscribe to receive daily reflections!
- Join the Ignatian Spirituality Center for their Novena of Grace, from March 9 - 17 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on weekends. Register soon to deepen your Lenten experience!
Each week during the academic year, students and staff write reflections on the week's Scripture readings. We'll be including them here in this newsletter. If you are interested in writing one, contact JoAnn Lopez, Campus Minister for Liturgy.
February 21, 2020, First Sunday in Lent
Reflection by Tayz Hernandez, BA in Psychology and Theology, Class of 2021 (Readings)
As we transition into Lent, the readings take us through the creation of God’s covenant with the people after the destruction of the flood. God makes a promise to all living creatures that water will not be used for destruction ever again. In the first and second readings, the symbol of water changes from representing loss, as seen in the flood, to symbolizing purification, salvation, and ultimately transformation.
I am struck by the resilience presented in these readings. The promise that after destruction and suffering, comes protection and transformation. When I think of Lent, I associate the time with reflection and retreat, however that is not always the case for everyone. For others, the Lenten season can be alienating. Perhaps in the past this could be soothed by our gathering physically in our communities, but this year, Lent might appear more desolate without the physical reminder of love of community. However the readings invite us to remember our resilience. This resilience is exemplified by Noah and his family, and Jesus in the desert, both ultimately being strengthened by God’ covenant to be with us. In the face of injustice, destruction, and disillusionment, God resides with us. Yet this makes me wonder, whose face does God bear among the conflict? Where do we search for God in our plight?
The readings invite us this Lent to experience transformation and conversion through the waters of baptism, for a “clear conscience” as the letter from Peter indicates. In the context of our challenging lives and world, we are called to encounter God present in all that is still life-giving to us. The Spirit led Jesus to the desolation of the desert, yet it is the same Spirit, and the same God who protects Jesus and leads him out. It is comforting for me to see that Jesus, while being the Son of God, is still fully human where he experiences alienation and temptation and just like us, relies on God’s presence.
To me, part of God’s covenant is the promise that we are not alone. In the process of conversion, of transformation no matter how painful and alienating it might be, there is that promise of resilience and God’s presence with us. In the face of difficulty, I see this as an opportunity to search for the face of God. As we enter our own deserts this Lenten season, I hope that we may remember that God walks with us and will lead us out. How can we become a symbol of resilience for one another? Where do we search for God’s face? How might we be invited to rely on God’s presence as we embark on our Lenten journey?
- Purim begins tomorrow - Thursday, February 25! Check out Hillel UW's offerings for the holiday, including a Purim drag show! Temple de Hirsch and Chabad of Capitol and the Central District also have resources and events listed, be sure to check them out!
- Consider connecting with our neighbors in the greater Seattle area by volunteering through the Center for Community Engagement.
- Check out the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Lenten reflection series
- Interested in post-graduate service? Discerning next steps after graduation? Connect with Campus Ministers Fr. Vincent Duong, SJ, or with JoAnn Lopez to find out more about programs and possibilities, and how to discern the best fit for you.
- Check out the Catholic Mobilizing Network's petition directed to President Joe Biden to prioritize ending the federal death penalty.
Are you a student who is feeling stressed, adjusting to life changes, or just looking for someone to talk to? Campus Ministry welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to seek care and conversation from a member of the Campus Ministry team.
If you or someone around you is experiencing an emergency or are in a crisis, please call one of the numbers below to get in touch with someone right away:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
- ULifeline - Text START to 741-741
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673 (1-800-656-HOPE)
- King County Crisis Clinic - 206-461-3222 or 866-427-4747
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center - 888.99.VOICE